In 1959, accident victims in the Chicagoland area were often transported to the hospital in converted hearses from local funeral homes. Upon arrival to the scene, the drivers often lacked first aid training and were unable to render appropriate care. As the demand for emergency response grew and medical technology advanced, David and Blanche Hill started Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., the first emergency ambulance service in DuPage County, Illinois.
1968: Superior Air Service is founded, providing air transportation to any place in the world.
1974: Illinois Medi-Car, Inc., Illinois’ first wheelchair transport company for wheelchair-bound and disabled patients, is founded.
1981: David B. Hill III becomes president of Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, Inc., continuing his family’s tradition of setting high standards in the ambulance industry. Mr. Hill has worked every aspect of the family business; after graduating from the University of Illinois, he became a certified paramedic and purchased the business from the family.
In 1984, Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Services, Inc. created Metro Paramedic Services, Inc. to provide paramedics, paramedic firefighters, rescue diver paramedics, ambulances and emergency medical equipment to rural, urban, and suburban municipalities and fire protection districts; today, Metro serves 22 communities in the Chicagoland area. All Metro paramedics receive training through Superior’s state-of-the-art training facilities.
1990: Paramedic Billing Services, Inc. is founded to meet the needs of a new industry. Paramedic Billing Services, Inc. utilizes its many years of billing experience to collect emergency medical services bills for more than seventy-five municipalities and fire protection districts.
1991: Superior is rapidly growing and strategically opens satellite stations near contracted hospitals to efficiently service customers.
1994: Norcomm Public Safety Communications, Inc. is established as Illinois’ first private 9-1-1 call center providing police, fire and emergency medical dispatch for villages, cities and fire districts. Norcomm provides modern equipment and facilities to answer emergency 9-1-1 calls, staff 3-1-1 call centers and support emergency and non-emergency operations.
2000: Superior crosses Illinois state boundaries and opens four satellite stations in northwest Indiana.
2003: Superior opens its 22nd satellite station in Rockford, Illinois.
2004: Superior has more than 1300 employees and continues to break the mold as a pioneer in the private ambulance industry.
2005: Superior partners with the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan and begins operations in its third state.
2006: Superior moves into its new headquarters in Elmhurst, Illinois.
2007: Superior launches its Air Ambulance transport division, named Air Med 1. It is a transport program providing interfacility transport service. Based at DuPage County Airport, the Eurocopter EC 135 is specially configured for medical transport, fully equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and staffed by a paramedic and registered nurse. The program has since been expanded to include emergency responses to accident scenes to assist local fire, police, and EMS agencies.
2009: Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Celebrates 50 Years in Business!